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THE THURSDAY EOmON
VOL. 88 NO. M
THURSDAY, MARCH 81,1977
Gradinf' Contract Let
New Gty Hall
Plan A Beauty
Mayor John Moss and Moodye Clary tUtplay city hall drawing
Returning To Work
County Board Will
striking employes of Lithium
Oorporatlon of America’s Bessemer
Ctty plant are returning to work this
week following agreements reached
by negotiating committees of both
the company and union.
The strike began February 16th
ana was o 'nciail:i ' >v>ir aaci£.aay for
approxi .ntely i26 p:>du:tlon
employ ti when the striking em
ployes - all members of Local 8-802
of the f it. Chemical and Atomic
Workers Union ratified an
agreemer.t which means an average
Increase In wages amounting from
BP to 76 'ents per hour.
The agreement also Includes an
Improvement in already existing
Insurance programs and short-term
dtaabUlty benefits. Before the strike,
life Insurance, paid by the employe,
was $2,000. Under the new contract,
each employe will have-a 10,000 life
Insuranct. polity iiald by the com
The strike began after
negotiations broke down on a new
three-year contract. The employes
walked oft their Jobs on Febniary
leth without a contract.
Wray A. Plonk, Jr. of Kings
Mountain Is president of the union.
Ini Orady Patterson, 88, retired
owner of Patterson Oil Co. died
suddenly In his home on 407 W. Gold
Street Wednesday morning.
Mr. Patterson was the son of ths
late Mr. and Mrs. Ira Patterson. An
Elder and trustee In Boyes
Memorial ARP Church, he retlrod
from Patterson OU In 1067. He was *
charter member of the Klwanla
Club, director of Home Savings A
Loan Association In Kings Mountain,
and served on the board of trusteM
of Bon darken, assembly ground for
ARP Church In Flat Rock.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Willard Black Patterson; thros
daughters, Mrs. John Cheshire of
Kings Mountain, Mrs. Martha Byrd
of Charlotte, and Mrs. Iris Thomp
son of demson, S. C.; two brothers,
Dewitt Patterson of Kings Mountain
and Ray Patterson of Moultrie, Oa.;
one sister, Mrs. Ellen Plonk of Kings
Mountain. Also surviving are six
grandchildren; and seven great
Funeral arrangements are In
complete, and will be announced
later by Harris Funeral Home.
Screening Is Set
Pre-school screening dates for the
1877 school year have been an
nounced by the Kings Mounts^
district school system.
The dates are: AprS 18, Bethware
School; AprU 18, North School; April
20, Orover School; AprU 81, West
School and April 22, East School.
ChUdren whose last names begin
with the totters A-H are asked to
attend the 8-10:80 a. m. sessions,
those whose last names begin with
the totters I-P the 10:80 to noon
session and others from 1 untU 3:80
p. m. If this particular time and data
schedule Is unsatisfactory for
someime changes In times and
schools wUl be permitted, said a
AU ChUdren who wUl enter school
for the first time are expected to
attend with their parents one at ths
sessions. In addition to the forms fOr
registering the chUd, the school
' must have a copy of ths chUd's birth
certificate (not hospital record), his
’"shot” record, and a copy of the
physical examlnatton by the famUy
doctor or health department
During ths serssnlng session
parents wUl taks part hi an orien
tation program and confersnoes
with the social worker and principal.
Some 860 ChUdren are expected to
participate in the screening.
CfiUdren who wUl be five years old
on or before Oct. 16 wlU be rilglble to
enter kindergarten, those who wUl
be six years on or before Oct. 16,1877
wUl enter first grade.
Although the Cleveland County
Oommlssloners are meeting In a
qwclal session this morning they
are not expected to name an In
dividual to fUl the unexplred term of
the late B. E. (Pop) Simmons.
Simmons died last Friday
fqUowIng'a heart attack.'4:41s term
does not expire untU December 1877.
The commissioners have about 60
days to fUl the seat.
Holy Week Set
Holy Week services have been
scheduled by First Presbyterian
Church on Maimdy Thursday and
The church wUl be open to wor
shipers for meditation on Thursday,
AprU 7th, from 7 unttt 8 p. m.
Rev. Gary Bryant, pastor, said a
Tenebrae Service wUl be held
Friday, Apr. 8, at 7:80 p. m. In the
The community is Invited to at
tend both services.
The Cleveland Oxinty Democrattc
Executive Committee wUl mc-t
TTiursday at7:80p. m. In courtroom
number three In the Cleveland
Obunty Courthouse in Shelby to
recommend members for the
county Board of BlecUcns.
The Ctommlttee wlU recommend
three Democrats to State Board of
Etoctlons executive secretaiy Alex
Brock, said Democratic Party
Chairman Joyce Cashlon of Kings
Mountain. Brock wUl then make
recommendatkma to the State Board
of EtocUons which wUl appoint
county board members for two
Taking their oath of office the
TViesday following third Monday In
June, the local board wlU elect a
chairman and secretary.
SPELUNO BEE CHANGED
TTm Spelling Bee wUl be hold
(today) Thurs., March 81 at 1 p. m.
In the Kings Mountain Senior High
Sdiool Library Oonterence Room
Instead at the superintendent’s
office as orlgliiaUy planned.
A new quarter In Beglm^ and
Intermediate TypiiW Courses from
Cleveland County TOohnloal In
stitute starts AprU 4. Registration on
that date te at Compact School from
6 p. m. unUl 8 p. m.
Mrs. Carl Finger Is Instructor.
OaU 788-2866 for further Intor matlon.
Numerous recommendatlans for
Simmons’ seat have been received
by the commissioners, but the board
has not revealed smy of the can
didates’ names. The county
Democratic executive committee la
eiqieeted to meet tonight and select
a candidate to recommend to the
board of commissioners. However,
the board does not have to accept the
The special meeting this morning
Is with the county Industrial
FsudUtles and Pollution Control
Financing Authority. ’This meeting
was scheduled prior to Simmons’
County Commissioner Chairman
Jack Palmer hsM stated the vacancy
might be filled at the .^rU 4
Joyce Cashlon of Kings Mountsdn,
chairman of the county Democratic
Executive Committee, said she felt
that race and sex should not be a
Issue In selecting Uie person to fUl
Mrs. Cashlon said she also feels
that consideration should be given to
the people who ran for the county
commission last year and how many
votes they poUed, althou^ losing
Former Commissioner L. B.
(Josh) Hlnnant came In fourth In ths
three seat race. Ralph GUbert, an
Insurance executive In Cleveland
County, was fifth and John H. Whits
placed sixth. ''
Services for Simmons were
ccnducted Saturday at 8 p. m. at
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and
burial was In Cleveland Memorial
A Mooresboro area native, Sim- -
mons resided there until J^..dS(kth.
He was well-known for /gV'tout-
standing ability as a baaeb^icoach
and In 1876 was the second P^Kh to
be named to the Shelby SpowHall
Simmons was appointed to flU the
unexplred term of Ralph Elliott In
1864. He ran for and was elected to
the board of commlsalonars In 1886,
1870 and 1874 and served as chair
man of the board for a number of
Candy For Funds
The Kings Mountain Jaycees will
be soliciting door-to-door to raise
funds to support the club’s Little
Project chairman Is Alex Mc-
The Jaycees will offer cltlsens
their choice of three different types
of candy for sale In the campaign.
The first Is an almond and chocolate
bar (gi); next la a can of party nuts
In a special glaae (H ) and third la a
box of pecan, caramel and milk
choclate candy ($1.60).
McOallum ssUd the csuidy Is
manufactured by the Kathryn Belch
By TOM Ml^TYRE
In a special meeting ’Tuesday
night the city board of com
missioners awsu^ed the first phase
site preparation contract on the new
ctty haU to Bradley-Jenklns, Inc. of
One of three bidders, Bradley-
Joiklna’ bid was the lowest at
The commissioners set 10:80 a. m.
this Friday as the time lor ground
breaking ceremonies on the new city
hall site (former Bonnie Mill
property) on Gold St. Construction Is
scheduled to begin either Friday
afternoon or Saturday morning and
the contractor has 40 days to com
plete the work.
The bids were received ’Tuesday
afternoon at city hall.
Contracts on construction of the
city hall building are expected to be
awarded In AprU to meet the EDA
guidelines under the $988,280 grant.
Mayor John H. Moss said Tuesday
night that over ’’$1 mlUlon In grants
is promised the city for construction
of the Governmental Services
Facilities BuUdlng and for land
scaping. The latter Is under an ur
ban beautification grant.’’
Thesday afternoon the plans for
the site and buUdlng were shown to
and discussed with the City’s Ap
pearance (Committee. Mrs. John
Cheshire, chairperson of the group,
said the committee members were
Impressed with the planning and
approved of the landscaping
recommended by the archltectB.
TViesday idght Moodye CSary of
Peterson-aary Architects PA, of
Charlotte, presented the fuU plans to
the board and citizens attending the
dary said the new facility wUl
house not only the administrative,
business and tax offices for the city,
but the fire department as weU.
‘‘Originally,’’ Clary said, ‘‘the
present city haU was to be the site
for the new buUdlng. However, It
was determined the former Bonnie
MUl site was much better suited to
the needs of the buUdlng. ‘The
property size and traffic patterns
are much more suitable to house the
structure. The Environmental
Development Agoney approved the
switch In sites and approved the
$998,360 grant for the construction.’’
The buUdlng has been designed
to take advantage of the terrace
alresuly on the site. ‘ITie new buUdlng
wUl actuaUy be two stories high,
with offices upatalrs to be
developed and used as neceassuy.
Dbwnstalrs wUl be the mayor’s
office, the mayor’s secretary, the
business offices, tax department and
city clerk’s office.
Cnary said these offices wlU
surround a waiting-reception area,
which wUl be light and airy because
of a large overhead skyU^t. ‘These
offices and area wUl be In the front
part of the buUdlng, which wUl
actuaUy face the Intersection of S.
Cherokee and W. Gold Sts.
In front of the buUdlng wUl be a
plaza area designed for use by the
citizenry. ‘There wlU also be 17
pariclng spaces available near the
main entrance for pubUc use.
’’For those citizens who wish to
use them,’’ Clary said, ’’there wUl
also be two teUer drive-in windows
for making utUlty payments.’’
dary said the buUdlng wUl follow
the contours of the property, so the
back section, which faces Spruce
and Spring Sts., wUl house the fire
department. This section wUl also be
two stories and wUl have three huge
bay doors for entrances and exits of
fire vehicles. ‘The buUdlng also
contains firefighter’s quarters and a
tower to be used tor diylng fire
The new buUdlng plan contains
angles, curves and circles, as op
posed to the Initial drawing, which
was an oblong, simple line strocture.
eSary said the buUdlng wUl be of a
"warm, earthtone brick with bronze
solar style windows, which Is more
compatible with the remainder of
dary said the design, hopefully,
wlU attract people to the area. He
said In many cities the city haU Is
usually stuck away out of the
regular pedestrian traffic flow
The buUdlng wUl contain ap
proximately 34,000 square feet of
The commlssl«iers also looked at
plans for the proposed PubUc Woiks
BuUdlng, as presented by Pete
Bougham of Holland and McOlmils,
Archttseto, of gbelby.
Clary pointt out plata area on